Vile attack on Pearse Park pensioner
GARDAI in Drogheda are appealing for witnesses to an audacious daylight robbery, which left a 73-year-old man terrified after being held at knifepoint in his own home.
The elderly man was left very shocked but uninjured, after a man posing as an insurance salesman pushed his way into the Pearse Park house last Saturday afternoon.
The pensioner was then locked into a downstairs toilet, while the thief ransacked the house, escaping with a small sum of cash and some other items.
The aggravated burglary took place sometime between 5pm and 6pm in the quiet northside housing estate, and gardai would like anyone with information to come forward to solve this particular crime.
‘This was a very brazen burglary, given the time of day, and with people probably coming home from work, we are hoping someone may have witnessed something which may assist us,’ said a garda spokesman.
‘The suspect is described as a tall man, with a northern accent, and if anyone saw anything suspicious, no matter how small, we would ask them to come forward.’
The local community is said to be shocked, as it is normally ‘a very quiet place, where neighbours look out for each other’.
Gardai are warning people to be careful when opening their doors, and check for a recognised form of identification if feeling unsure.
Anyone with information can contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200.